Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, the Dallas City Council and community leaders joined Omni Hotels & Resorts on October 21 to mark the ceremonial topping-out...

Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, the Dallas City Council and community leaders joined Omni Hotels & Resorts on October 21 to mark the ceremonial topping-out of the 23-story, 1,001 room Omni Dallas Hotel, which is located next to the Dallas Convention Center.

The 700-person construction crew building the hotel reached the milestone a little more than a year after ground was broken on the new convention center hotel. The hotel will be operated by Omni Hotels.

Scheduled to open in early 2012, the Omni Dallas Hotel offers a design which reflects the essence of Dallas with a contemporary, reflective glass exterior and with native textures, art and other materials used in its interior.

Upon opening, the hotel will feature five restaurants, including a Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a sports bar and a farm-to-table restaurant for a casual dining experience, as well as retail space, lounges, a Mokara Spa and an urban pool deck. In-room technology will include flat-screen TVs as well as TV monitors embedded within the bathroom mirrors.

The design of the 1,001-room Omni Dallas Hotel next to the Dallas Convention Center features a contemporary reflective glass exterior and rich, native textures for the interior. The hotel includes more than 110,000 square feet of meeting space, multiple regionally authentic restaurants, a spa, pool and fitness facilities, and a Starbucks. The hotel opens in 2012

The project, which is aiming for LEED Silver New Construction certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, includes use of recycled materials, irrigation supplied by recycled water, water-saving fixtures and guest room energy management systems.

Connected via a skybridge to the Dallas Convention Center, the Omni Dallas Hotel will incorporate more than 110,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Included among its 21 meeting rooms are the grand and junior ballrooms, encompassing areas of 32,000 square feet and 15,000 square feet respectively. The hotel will comfortably accommodate groups of more than 3,300 attendees at any given time.

“Today we acknowledge that this pivotal Dallas project is one step closer to becoming a reality,” says Mayor Tom Leppert. “As part of our continued downtown revitalization, the hotel serves as another catalyst of growth alongside the burgeoning Arts District and the Trinity River Corridor Project.”

A ceremony and reception were held at the construction site, where a Norwegian pine tree attached to a structural steel beam was hoisted to the top of the 23rd floor of the property – a topping out tradition symbolizing appreciation and good fortune. The steel beam was signed by the Mayor, City Council, community leaders and supporters of the convention center hotel as well as the many tradesmen who have contributed to the construction effort leading up to the milestone.

“There is great excitement for the hotel, and the momentum just continues to build,” says Ed Netzhammer, regional vice president and general manager of the Omni Dallas Hotel. “Since the Omni Dallas Hotel began taking reservations last September, the team has already booked over 132,000 room nights.”

Owned by the City of Dallas, the hotel was endorsed by voters in May 2009 and backed by the sale of nearly $500 million in revenue bonds in August 2009. The property is located on eight acres in the heart of the United States’ eighth-largest city, which is experiencing a renaissance from more than $14 billion in new development underway in and near the urban core.

Two acres of the site are slated for additional dining, retail and other venues which will enhance entertainment opportunities for those who visit, work or live downtown.  For more information, visit www.omnidallashotel.com or call 214-744-6664.

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